sexyloops fly tying focus - drying flies

sexyloops fly tying focus - drying flies

t.z. | Friday, 26 May 2017

I´m a bit in hurry packing for week long trip to Sweden. I will be visiting a good friend and work a little bit here and give sound design & measurement class and than I am off to drift. I have not made plans. I just go by the weather. I´ll be traveling by Motorcycle - I got myself a off road worthy BMW so I can reach spots off the beaten tracks more easily.

So not much of a FP today folks. Sorry. However, here´s some old stuff which might be new to some - you all know you need a Sexyloops cap. Here´s a litte “trick” to collect flies on the brim without destroying the hat to quickly

Every Flyfisher knows the problem…
Where to put the flies during and after fishing?

The spectrum of available containers is immense. Starting with the old bakelit boxes over the aluminium ones with small compartments, to the sturdy and waterproof plastic versions, which even withstand being rolled over by a tank. One can really develop a container fetish… nothing wrong with that.

My fetish is minimalism: one rod, one line and as little equipment as possible in the fish basket or backpack. Beware – no west, which just attracts gadgets one very hardly uses, if at all.

However, something must be worn on the head. A cap with a brim is ideal. The brim shades well for unobstructed observation of the water surface. Wet flies should be dried well. The ideal place is open air and facing the sun. The angler’s head, better said the cap on it is the ideal spot. Direct application of hooks to the caps fabric does have quite a destructive effect though. Holes can not be avoided on the long run. Debarbed flies tend to fall out and barbed ones get very stuck.

A fishing buddy made me aware of a door / window stopper tape to be used for self-made flyboxes. The tape is actually a rubber tube with a P shaped profile and used for air-tightening doors and windows. It looks really nice on the hat. It does stick quite well to most caps I tried it on. However, a drop of super glue does generally fix it.

Now you only need to fix the flies for the days and you’re ready to go. If you get really bored you might want to fix several hats for different waters or fishing situations …. but that would be too far, wouldn’t it?


The sexyloops fly tying focus, hosted by t.z. 

The goal is to show the different approaches to fly tying around the globe 
(we believe in that the world is a globe actually)

... sharing and learning from each other - these are the key words. 
Most of the tiers will are active on the sexyloops forum - "the board" - so join the very open 
and friendly club of flyfishers here on s-loops.  http://www.sexyloops.co.uk/theboard

Thomas Züllich, or - “t.z.” as most call him - is a German flyfisher & flytier living in Norway. He runs a small fly shop together with his fiance Konstanse.